Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food & drink events.
1) Back by popular demand, Chef Tony Maws’ Guest Chef “Top Dogs” series returns to The Kirkland Tap & Trotter for its second year—featuring a new lineup of culinary all-stars, ready to serve their unique takes on an American summer classic. From June-September, one guest chef per month will step into the kitchen, creating a limited-time version of their “Top Dog,” which will be offered Monday nights alongside Chef Maws’ original Kirkland Dog ($16 each).

A lifelong Frank fanatic, Chef Maws initially created the series to celebrate one of his favorite foods; have some fun with chefs he admires; and support an extremely important cause. After raising $8,500 for the organization in 2015, Chef Maws will once again donate 50% of the proceeds from the guest chef hot dogs to No Kid Hungry, a national non-profit working to end childhood hunger in the United States.

This year’s Top Dogs will be created by Kristen Kish (formerly of Menton), Susan Regis (Shepard), Tim Cushman (O-Ya, Hojoko), and Andrew Taylor & Mike Wiley (Eventide Oyster Co.). The four chefs will be on hand at Kirkland to present their dogs for the first night of their series. Guests who visit Kirkland for the Top Dog series will get a punch card and are encouraged to return to try each chef’s version. Those who successfully order all four dogs will be entered for a chance to work with Tony Maws’ team and create their own hot dog, which will then be featured on the menu in October.

Top Dog Schedule (only available on Mondays):
June 6 – June 27: Kristen Kish
July 11 – July 25: Susan Regis
August 1 – August 29 : Tim Cushman
September 12 – September 26: Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley
Guest chefs will only be present at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter on the first Monday listed; their hot dogs will be available on each Monday until the next chef’s appearance.

Last year the chefs really let their imaginations run wild,” says Chef Maws. “We had everything from a Japanese Ball Park Street Dog, to a Jersey Italian Hot Dog, an Icelandic Lamb Dog, and a ‘Rhody Dog’ topped with calamari! I know this group will take our hot dog to a whole new level. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with, and am thrilled to work together to benefit a great cause!

2) Society on High, located in the Financial District, invites Bostonians to get Shipwrecked at Society on June 11, from 3pm-7pm, for their second installment of Surf & Turf Socials. Society on High's Surf & Turf Socials sizzle on the newly-design Society patio on the second Saturday of every month.

Shipwrecked at Society brings together Boston's sailors, pirates, and mermaids at heart for a Saturday afternoon social with complimentary, nautical-themed surf & turf bites (think lobster and sliders), specialty drinks with Sailor Jerry rum, tunes spun by some of Boston's best DJs, and more!

HOW: RSVPs are strongly recommended for groups of 10 or more. Special packages for offices parties or corporate groups are available. Theme attire welcome. Complimentary food while supplies last.

3) Chef/Owner Will Gilson and the Puritan and Co. team invite guests to join them for a night of all things Rosé at their second annual Rosé Rumble. This event will offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the best rosés in Boston like a true insider. Taking place on Wednesday, July 13, the Rosé rumble will showcase a variety of rosés for guests to taste, discuss, and learn about while enjoying bites from Chef Will Gilson and the Puritan and Co. team.

The night will feature two, separately ticketed sessions- one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here:

4) The Terrace Bar at Legal Sea Foods in Charles Square is ready to bring on summer. Each month from June through August, Legal Sea Foods will offer “Endless Summer” themed eats exclusive to its al fresco Terrace Bar situated in front of the Charles Hotel in Cambridge.

Since Legals feels that “Taco Tuesdays” should be a daily occurrence, the Terrace Bar kitchen will host their “Total Taco Takeover” every day in June. For thirty days and nights, Legals will serve up a collection of tacos for less than $5 each: Crispy Fried Fish with avocado, pico de gallo, pickled red cabbage and chipotle mayo ($3.95); Ancho Chili Braised Chicken with salsa verde, queso blanco and pickled red onion ($3.95); Spicy Tuna Crudo with avocado, peppadew peppers and crudito ($4.95); and, Grilled Shrimp with corn salsa, queso blanco and chipotle mayo ($4.95).

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